Fairbanks, AK – The Falcons offense found their footing Saturday night, doubling up the Nanooks 6-3 to wrap-up their 2016 WCHA slate.
Ryan Bednard started in net for the Falcons, stopping 15 of 18 shots faced. Jesse Jenks started in the cage for the Nanooks and saved 33 of the 39 Falcons’ shots he faced.
Jacob Dalton opened scoring at 12:56 of the first period. The freshman defenseman took a shot from the blueline near the boards. His shot deflected off the glove of a Nanook skater, changed direction, and beat Jenks for Dalton’s first career goal.
The Nanooks tied the game up at 16:50 as Marcus Basara finished a one-timer from Tyler Cline to push the score to 1-1.
Bowling Green re-took the lead at 19:27. Matt Pohlkamp took a pass from Adam Smith into the Nanooks’ zone and wristed a shot from the face-off dot beating Jenks. The goal was Pohlkamp’s seventh of the season.
The Falcons finished the first period with 18 shots on net, while the Nanooks had just five opportunities.
Zach Frye tied the game up at 7:39 of the second period while on a four-on-three power play. Frye wristed a shot from the deep slot, beating Bednard on his glove side through traffic.
Connor McDonald scored the Falcons’ third goal at 18:54 of the second period. McDonald took a face-off win from Brett D’Andrea, scoring a “seeing-eye” goal from the point that beat Jenks over his left shoulder. The goal was McDonald’s first of the season.
Bowling Green finished the second period with 12 shots on net, while Alaska had another period of just five attempts.
Bowling Green extended heir lead to 4-2 at 1:07 of the third period. Jacob Dalton found Mitch McLain who had just finished serving a penalty and had entered the Nanooks zone. McLain took a quick shot, beating Jenks on his blocker side for McLain’s 11th goal of the season.
The Nanooks scored their third goal at 11:39 of the third period. Troy Van Tetering finished a rebound from Nikolas Koberstein to get Alaska within one goal.
But, the Falcons responded just nine seconds later as Frederic Letourneau took the face-off win from Brett D’Andrea, skated down the right wing, and buried a goal for his fourth goal of the season.
Kevin Dufour added the Falcons sixth and final goal at 14:34 of the third period. Tyler Spezia led a two-on-one entry into the zone and found Dufour streaking towards the net. Dufour went forehand, backhand and buried the puck for his sixth goal of the season.
Bowling Green finished the third period with nine shots on net, while the Nanooks had eight attempts in the final frame.
With the win the Falcons improve to 9-11-2, 8-7-1-1 on the season. The Nanooks fall to 6-12-2, 5-9-2-2. Bowling Green returns to action December 30th as they welcome R.I.T. to the Huntington Center.